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FIBA men's under 18 (Scouting) - Jul 2, 2006


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I had the opportunity of viewing five of the six participants competing in the FIBA under 18 tournament in San Antonio. I have gathered some notes on the teams and the players that stood out.
Bahamas:
The Bahamian team was characterized by athleticism and more athleticism. Many of the players were raw and will need further polishing in the years to come. Without question the standout player for the Bahamas is DAVAUGHN JACKSON , a 6'5'' bruiser on the interior, who apparently is going to John Brown in Arkansas next year. It should be noted that Jackson played high school basketball in Fayettville, Arkansas.

Cananda:
Next to the United States Canada has the most balanced of the teams. Having all positions backed up makes the Canadians deep but not necessarily talent laden. The clear cut star on this team is 6'7'' Oluseyi Ashaolu who plays his high school ball at Community Christian in Georgia under Linzy Davis. Ashaolu is a capable scorer that can work in the short perimeter and take you inside with his power game. Another interesting prospect on this team is ROBERT SACRE , a 6'11'' center from Hansworthy Secondary. He has a college build and is a formidable athlete. He does need to get more accomplished during his minutes of play.

Puerto Rico:

If Josue Soto had been here for the Puerto Ricans it might have been another story but as it was; they were not very good. Usually, Puerto Rico is at the top of this age division but this years group falls short in many ways. While Angel Garcia is a talent; he gets nothing done down low and does not defend the post well either. He has the tendency to settle for a slow releasing three pointer which he made on several occasions. BUT, when you have a 6'10'' players you want him to take control of the paint on both ends. The rest of the post play for puerto rico was very soft. The perimiter play was adequate at best, but I was very impressed with Andres Torres , who was a solid contributor at the point and a fiery leader on the court.

Aregentina:

This club is truly devoid of interior play and they do not rely on it. Yet, few teams were able to fully exploit them because they are so dominant on offense. The Argentinians can do one thing very well and that is PASS the ball. When you see them play the skill is elevated. The two standouts on the Argentinian team from my perspective were PG Diego Gerbaudo and SG Nicolas De Los Santos. Gerbaudo is a steady, heads up , aggresive point guard with crisp passing skills while De Los Santos has a great deal of flair reminiscent of another guard that plays for the Spurs.

Brazil:

A solid club but lacking athleticism and outside shooting. The Brazilinas have never been known for mass producing guards and this team highlights this fact. The interior play of Paulo Prestes was superb at times. He is a big timer with a great future ahead of him. No doubt will be in Spain soon. Now, the point guard, Marcel Campos, plays his butt off and should be noted as a bright sport for the team and person to build around. The rest of the group is average. I was very dissapointed at the other interior players and perimeter players.

Overall the United States team while not ahead of the others by a mile did posess the depth at each position and the necessary athleticism to be able to win the whole tournament.   



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FIBA Americas U18 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Canada
 3. Brazil
 4. P.Rico
 5. Argentina
 6. Chile
 7. US Virg.Isl
 8. Dominican R.
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nickeil ALEXANDER-WALKER
  CAN
  (195-G-98)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Alexander-W., CAN17.4 
 2. Brissett, CAN16.4 
 3. Porter, USA15.8 
 4. Figueroa, DOM14.6 
 5. Arroyo, CHI14.4 
 6. Wigginton, CAN14.0 
 7. Fultz, USA13.8 
 8. Aguirre, CHI13.6 
 9. Negron, PUR13.4 
 10. Jackson, PUR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian NEGRON
  PUR
  (200-F/C-98)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Negron, PUR13.6 
 2. Simmons, ISV11.6 
 3. Uchendu, BRA9.2 
 4. Allen, USA9.0 
 5. Pereira, BRA8.6 
 6. Brissett, CAN7.8 
 7. Claxton, ISV7.2 
 8. Familia, DOM6.8 
 9. Haase, CHI6.8 
 10. Bamba, USA6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shaivonte GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  (193-F/G-98)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Gilgeous-A., CAN5.4 
 2. Fultz, USA5.2 
 3. Corvalan, ARG5.0 
 4. Aguirre, CHI5.0 
 5. Coleman, USA4.4 
 6. Ruivo, BRA4.0 
 7. Wigginton, CAN3.4 
 8. Young, USA3.2 
 9. Stevens, ISV3.2 
 10. Haase, CHI2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Markelle FULTZ
  (195-SG-98)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fultz, USA3.2 
 2. Gilgeous-A., CAN3.0 
 3. Brissett, CAN2.4 
 4. Corvalan, ARG2.4 
 5. Aguirre, CHI2.4 
 6. Alexander-W., CAN2.4 
 7. Lema, ARG2.0 
 8. Washington, USA1.8 
 9. Arroyo, CHI1.8 
 10. Porter, USA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicolas CLAXTON
  (201-G/F-99)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Claxton, ISV3.6 
 2. Negron, PUR2.4 
 3. Banks, USA1.8 
 4. Pereira, BRA1.6 
 5. Waldron, DOM1.6 
 6. Familia, DOM1.5 
 7. Bamba, USA1.2 
 8. Lorca-Lloyd, USA1.2 
 9. Thompson, PUR1.2 
 10. Allen, USA1.0 
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